While every moment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe appears to be leading to a grand battle with Thanos in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, the goals for the DC Extended Universe seem more uncertain. Since the cinematic universe’s debut in 2013’s Man of Steel, DC’s films have received wildly different receptions from critics, fans and casual audiences. From the operatic darkness of Zack Snyder’s Superman films to Suicide Squad‘s neon frenzy and the mythological marvel of Wonder Woman, the DCEU’s movies have already covered a range of seemingly incongruent tones. With in-production films like Justice League and Aquaman set to be released in 2017 and 2018, respectively, the size, scope and tonal variety of DC’s cinematic universe will only grow over the next few years.
Even though the DCEU is still basking in the glow of Wonder Woman‘s success, every journey needs a destination. Now, CBR is counting down the 15 DC Comics stories that could be DC’s equivalent to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. For this list, we’ll be looking back through DC’s history for epic tales that could be the linchpin of DC’s cinematic universe. In addition to DC’s comics, we’ll also be examining some stories from other DC-related media and seeing how they could fit into the DCEU.
15. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD
One of the biggest successes of DC Rebirth could also be a perfect story for the big screen. In the final days of 2016, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad brought DC’s two biggest teams together in a crossover by Joshua Williamson, Jason Fabok, Tony Daniel and some of the hottest artists in comics. In the story, the Justice League and the Squad battled before discovering the secret history of Amanda Waller’s first Suicide Squad.
As it stands, the DCEU already revolves around the Suicide Squad and the members of the Justice League. The tense relationship between Batman and Waller that’s pivotal to this crossover was already established onscreen in Suicide Squad‘s closing scene. While an action-packed battle between these two teams could be an awesome spectacle, the presence of the original Squad could offer a way to introduce some fan-favorite characters like the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo.